The sports world is looking forward to Australia. A crime thriller between tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and the Australian authorities has been running in Melbourne for almost two weeks, keeping everyone involved and the public in suspense. There is still no end in sight.
After Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled Djokovic’s visa early Friday evening local time (ten hours time difference to Germany), this does not mean that the Serb will have to leave the country.
As the Australian press agency “Australian Associated Press” (AAP) reported, the Djokovic side and his lawyers are currently examining the remaining legal options for obtaining a residence permit for the period of the Australian Open. The first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis year starts next Monday and runs until January 30th.
If the legality of the ministerial decision is confirmed, Novak Djokovic will officially and finally no longer have a residence permit in Australia. He would then inevitably have to leave the city of Melbourne and the country of Australia.
Immigration Minister Hawke announced Djokovic’s decision
Shortly before 8 a.m. German time, Alex Hawke publicly communicated on Friday: “Today I have my authority […] Made use of to annul Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa for reasons of health and public order. It was in the public interest.”
This statement has since been confirmed and justified by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
According to information from the “AAP”, Djokovic could now face an entry ban to Australia for up to three years, according to a corresponding passage in the law.
Australia’s Prime Minister Morrison has publicly defended his immigration minister’s decision on Friday. “The Minister took this measure to protect Australians, who have already made many casualties during this pandemic. Our strict border protection policy has so far protected Australians well from the corona virus,” the head of state said.AAPquoted.
Like the Australian newspaper”The Age” reported, Novak Djokovic now has until Saturday to react to the Australian government’s visa cancellation and to take a position. Until then, the 34-year-old should be allowed to walk free and will probably not have to return to a hotel for departure obligations have to show up.
It is still uncertain how the legal profession and the tennis world number one will react to the ministerial decision. The fact is that according to the current status, Djokovic will no longer be legally allowed to stay in the country next week when the Australian Open in Melbourne begins with the first main round on Monday.
Djokovic not vaccinated against the corona virus
The current best tennis player in the world has not been vaccinated against the corona virus and is therefore a controversial figure in the country, which has imposed tough rules since the pandemic began.
The authorities had already refused Djokovic entry upon arrival last week and classified the documents presented for his TUE as insufficient. However, because he was not given enough time to react, a judge overturned the entry ban during a court hearing on Monday.
The case also became a severe stress test for the country’s politics, after Australia spent many months in tough lockdowns and many citizens of the country were not allowed to enter their home country for a long time because of the strict rules.